A few days later I got calls from the highway department AND The Famous Artists Schools both saying that I was hired. What a dilemma. H-m-m-m, sweat all day in the broiling sun in a road gang … OR … sit at a drawing board all day and draw cartoons?
Randy Enos‘ latest Caledonian Record column has him remembering his days, early in his career, as an instructor for the Famous Artists Schools. It’s an entertaining read with him reminiscing about being in the FAS bullpen with Bud Sagendorf, Bud Thompson, Pete Wells, Bill Feeny, Warren Sattler, and Frank Ridgeway.
Related is this Jim Sizemore post from years ago when, as a FAS student, he had Randy “correcting” some of his cartoons.
“The first day I walked into the Saturday Evening Post, they told me the cartooning business was dying. That was 1962, and it’s been dying ever since.”
Gil Roth conducts a fascinating 90-minute audio interview with cartoonist Mort Gerberg. Mort recalls the heydays of magazine cartooning in the 1960s and 1970s and describes the comparatively barren wasteland in that profession these days. Mort discusses friends and associates over a nearly 60 year cartooning career.
In the April 1999 issue of The Rotarian cartoon editor Charles W. Pratt profiled some of the magazines then current cartoonists. Glenn Bernhardt, Frans de Boer, Harvey A. Bosch, Randy Glasbergen, David W. Harbaugh, Lo Linkert, Henry Martin, Scott Arthur Masear, Molly Sadler, and Vahan Shirvanian,
I have to admit, I’m a lefty and I have certain thoughts about the way things should be but… Really I’m just going for the jokes. I’m just going for laughs — and physical gags, for me, are the purest form of laughter.
Magazine cartoonist and illustrator, with a definite political tinge, Barry Blitt was interviewed last December.
In this illustration the simple line under the Father’s eye gives a sense that he’s tired. Now look at the Mom’s eyes, they’re uneven, which conveys a feeling that she’s worried. Additionally, the abstract painting on the wall feels like her. Then take a look at the lines that make her nightgown, they’re a few simple marks, but are just enough to let you know what she’s wearing.
Daniel Zalkus dissects a few Hank Ketcham Dennis panels, then gives us another dozen to ponder.